Man charged with threatening state lawmaker

Jerome Sciesniewski allegedly threatened to kill Rep. Ryan Fattman

DUDLEY, Mass. (AP) — A man from central Massachusetts charged with threatening to kill a state lawmaker and his wife, has been released on personal recognizance.

Jerome Sciesniewski was also ordered by a judge Wednesday to stay away from state Rep. Ryan Fattman and his wife and to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Fattman, a Republican, does not represent Southbridge in the House, but is running for the state Senate seat that includes Southbridge.

Sciesniewski pleaded not guilty to threatening to commit murder and witness intimidation.

Prosecutors say he sent letters to the Fattmans threatening to shoot them in the head and throw them in the river.

Sciesniewski — described by investigators as a staunch Democrat — apologized in court and his lawyer said there was no intent to carry through on the threats.

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